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How to Write a Book of Your Poetry

You have several poems written over the past few years, based on your motivations, such as friendship, love, politics, injustices, hatred, and much more. You already have a collection of poems. You need to feel appreciated for the tedious, fantastic work you have done over the years because you deserve it.

However, you are afraid that traditional poetry publishers may reject your work. You should try them first. If they reject your poems, you can opt to self-publish your work. Self-publishing is helpful for those who are easily frustrated by rejections, especially in an industry where rejections sometimes are subjective. However, self-publishing does not come with all the exposure and professional competence associated with conventional publishing, where you meet poets and editors of poetry. Below are ideas on writing a poetry book and publishing it.

Poetry Book Ideas

Prepare a Quality Manuscript of Your Poetry

Aspiring poets who have not created a collection of poems have to start from scratch and build a collection of poems. They have to draw inspirations from various occurrences in their lives and environment. They need to draft poems and revise them before those poems are ready for being transferred to quality manuscripts, as outlined below.

Preparing quality manuscripts is typically easy for people who have a collection of poems written somewhere. All they need to do is transfer the poems from where they are stored to quality manuscript papers. Quality manuscript papers are usually not the usual print papers that we know. They are of different types and are available in various print shops and craft stores. Often, people can acquire them by ordering and buying them online.

Before you attempt to transfer your poems to your quality manuscript papers, you should revise them again. Ensure that they are free of errors and typos. Ensure that your poems communicate their themes effectively. Ensure that your poems are an accurate reflection of the ideas you had for them. When you have completed this necessary revision, you are free to transfer them to quality manuscript papers.

You can manually transfer your poems to quality manuscript papers through handwriting, or you can type the poems on your computer and print them on papers. Remember: each poem should be on a separate page. You are free to choose quality manuscript papers of the size of your like.

Group Related Poems Together

When writing poems, people draw inspiration from various personal, family, and societal issues and situations. Examples of personal issues are love and poverty. Examples of family matters are genetic disorders and the struggle for acceptance. Examples of societal issues are racial discrimination, gender bias, xenophobia, autocratic regimes, and much more. You should be able to group poems that tackle a particular matter or situation together, so that you work appears organized and readers can understand your opinion on various issues. Note that a poetry anthology should flow logically just like a novel does.

The grouping of poems according to their themes enables you to create sections or chapters for your poetry book. This grouping also allows you to organize poems within each group according to their meanings, rhythms, or lengths.

Poetry Book Title

Choose a title for your poetry book. Make sure that your title is precise, evocative, and unique, especially if your audience is teens and adults. However, if you have written a poetry book for kids, make sure the title is simple, so that parents can quickly identify your book is meant for children. Good titles have a poetic language. For example, Of Mice and Men.

Assemble the Manuscripts into a Book

Once you have grouped related poems together and arranged them within those groups, you need to have the materials that you will use to bind your book together. The materials required for bookbinding are glue stick, hole puncher, ribbon, a pair of sturdy cardboard sheets, decorate paper, bull clips, scissors, and a ruler. These materials are usually present at a craft or print shops where there are experienced people who can help you bind the book at a fee. You should seek their services. In the end, they will present you your quality bound poetry book.

How to Publish a Poetry Book

Conventional Publishers

If you intend to publish your poetry book, you should know that most publishers require a book of around 48-64 pages. Therefore, if you have a short poetry book that is not yet published, you should consider self-publishing the book. Choose a publisher and identify its requirements for submission of your work. Some publishers require that you mail your work; others require that you send the work electronically. Follow the instructions provided by the publisher when submitting the work. Wait for a response from them according to the time frame they provided. If they accept your work as eligible for publication, well that's good; if they reject your work, you can opt for self-publishing of your work.

Self-Publishing Your Book of Poetry

Identify a company that offers self-publishing services at an affordable fee. Pay the fee to publish your book. You can print as many copies of the book as you can afford. Make a deal with the company to print and sell your book on your behalf when customers place orders for it.

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